DESPITE recording a time more than two minutes slower than last year, Yarod Hagos still had plenty in hand to win the 61st running of the Brampton to Carlisle 10-Mile Road Race.
The Wallsend athlete set his stall out from the off, and on the uphill climb out of Brampton had already opened up a gap of 30 metres on the rest of the 600-strong field. Hagos continued to cut out a lone furrow and reached half-way in 24:04 coming home in 50:28.
Ultra-distance runner Jo Zakrzewski (Dumfries Running Club) led throughout in the women’s race and extended her lead to win in a time of 59:36, nearly four minutes clear of runner-up Vicky Hindson (Wallsend).
For Tynedale Harriers, Peter Hearn was fastest on the day. Peter narrowly missed his target of dipping under 60 minutes recording 60:34 to finish in 45th position. With Hugh Bingham and Ian Brown following closely behind Peter, the 3 Tynedale men finished 12th Team overall, 5th Vet Team. Hugh and Ian ran most of the way together and only 10 seconds separated them at the finish, with Hugh just having the edge to record 63 minutes 34 seconds.
Jane Greening led the Tynedale ladies home in 72:53 followed closely by Steph Bingham who had an excellent run to set a new PB in 75:32.
Jan Oliver also had a good run to record 79:14 with John Davidson (84:49) and Eileen Armstrong (100:11) completing the line up for Tynedale.
This is the first time the ‘Brampton’ has been run on a Sunday morning as opposed to the traditional Saturday afternoon which is probably more convienient for most runners. It certainly allowed Hugh and several others to run the Blaydon Cross Country in the same weekend which shows real dedication!